Fall break: what a great concept! Just when the weather gets crisp and the leaves burst into color, the kids get a little time off from school and families can take advantage of this wonderful time of year. Here are a few suggestions for fall festivities, quick getaways and kids’ day camps to help your family have a Fall Break Fun in Indiana.
Pick the perfect pumpkin this fall at Stony Creek Farm’s Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Kids will love the hayrides and pumpkin train, as well as the fa
rm animals and hoophouse maze. The festival runs from September 26 through October 31; get all the details at www.stonycreekfarm.net.
The IMA offers a great opportunity for parents and kids to hang together with their Family Days program, which takes place the first Saturday of every month. The theme for October is skate boarding; families can listen to a ska band and design their own skateboards with help from an Indy skate shop. Plan a visit at www.imamuseum.org.
The Historic Irvington Halloween Festival is inviting all ghouls and goblins to a week of spook-tacular events beginning October 24. The festival includes a 5-mile run, masquerade ball, ghost tours and more. The week ends with a street fair that has over 170 vendors, live music and even a costume parade. For a full schedule, check out www.irvingtonhalloween.com.
Fall Places to Go
The Dunes is a great place to enjoy the outdoor beauty that autumn brings. From hiking to fishing and bird watching to horseback riding, there is an outdoor adventure for everyone in the family. Highly recommended for fall is the Calumet Bike Trail, where the colors of the season can be enjoyed from late September through October. Learn more at www.nps.gov.
Day-trip it to Michigan City to visit the Old Lighthouse Museum. Chock full of facts and interesting sights, this museum introduces kids to local maritime history with tours of the 1858 Michigan City Lighthouse and exhibits about Miss Harriet Colfax, a city lighthouse keeper. Check out www.oldlighthousemuseum.org to plan a tour.
Escape to the Indiana countryside and enjoy the beautifully restored French Lick Springs Hotel. A 2015 USA Today Readers’ Choice Award winner for Best Historic Hotel, this gorgeous resort has something for everyone – championship golf courses, horseback riding, spas and bike trails. Make the most of this fall break with French Licks’ Pile up the Fun event taking place October 8 – 24. Activities include fishing, hayrides with s’mores, flashlight tag, a dive in movie at the outdoor pool and much more. Visit www.frenchlick.com to make a reservation.
Fall Camps and Activities for Kids
The outdoors are calling! The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is offering a Fall Break Intercession Camp and Mini-Camp. With full week and half week programs available, campers can enjoy activities like climbing, canoeing, archery and arts and crafts. Full week camp begins Wednesday October 15 and runs through October 18, while mini-camp offers two sessions, October 14-16 or October 16-18. Call the camp office for more details at (888) 828-9622 or register at www.indymca.org.
Keep the littles busy this fall too! Prairie Tykes offers kids ages 2-5 fun, educational classes on the second and fourth Thursdays and Fridays of every month. In September, Prairie Tykes will have a Teddy Bear Picnic on the 10th and 11th, as well as Apples, Apples, Apples on the 24th and 25th. Registration is required online at www.connerprairie.org or by phone at (317) 776-6000.
Kids of all ages are invited to shoot some hoops this season with Indiana Basketball Academy’s Fall Break Camp. These all day sessions work on the fundamentals of basketball, where campers will play at least two full-court games, while also partaking in drills to help their skills. Coach Abernethy’s Moses Malone will also share his story about his basketball career in the NBA. Register at www.playiba.com.